Sunday, 2 May 2010

Bentours Antarctic Cruise


John Crook

Creswick mine disaster

A real life adventure awaits those who include Ballarat's Sovereign Hill in their travel itineraries. Trapped is the latest attraction, so well produced, - in fact, a moving experience which is an add-on of just a few extra dollars to the entrance price.  Take my word for it and be sure to book your ticket for this underground mine exhibit. The mine disaster occurred 130 years ago and its recreation through a dramatic story moves even the toughest amongst us.    For details and bookings  go visit    Telephone (03) 5337 1100, or email    

More Australian options

There are savings of up to $450 a couple on bookings for the Tasmanian holiday season, providing bookings are made prior to July 30 2010. The deal price on the 12-day Royal Tasman Premier escorted tour is $4120 per person (normally $4345).  The travel highlights include the island's main attractions and one of the 21 meals included is a special crayfish dinner at Port Arthur.  Touring, cruising hotels and entrance fees form part of the package.  Solo passengers can also benefit with savings of up to 50% on their single supplement.   Check it out by visiting or call 1300 229 804.

Samba parades part of five-night package

Spectacular costumes, and music aplenty entertain those who have booked for the next Rio De Janeiro carnival.  The price tag is from $1299 per person twin share.    

Accommodation, with bed and breakfast, is at the Plaza Copacabana hotel which is just fifteen minutes from the beach.   Several tours are included in the package with private return airport transfers.   Sambadrome tickets are not included in the package but are available on request. You can make bookings which are for sale until October 31 2010 and available for travel between March 4 and 9, 2011.  International airfares not included.    Get the facts and conditions by calling 1300 320 795 or go and visit  

A tour to end all tours

That's the opinion of those who have  checked the facts on a 17 night rail, cruise and accommodation adventure, over 7,800 kilometres.  Departing Hong Kong, the luxury package traverses so much of China and concludes in Tibet. Prices start from $18,915 per person twin share. Eight nights will feature aboard the private train Shangri-La Express.  Check out the features by ringing 1800 044 066.  International airfares are not included. 

In the footsteps of Mawson

The wonderland of the Antarctic awaits. Grab the 16-page brochure which is full of escapes into the untouched Antarctic, home of glaciers, remote settlements and wildlife havens.  The Antarctic Discovery package is just one example of what's on offer. Thirteen days with highlights including a tour of  Buenos Aires, Drake Passage and the South Shetland islands.  The prices start from $7832 per person, twin share.  Conditions apply. Take time off to get the full story and telephone 1800 221 712 or go visit 

Visual  torres del paine.